"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Summit on America's Climate Choices

Just passing this on. Mark your calendars.
National Academy of Sciences Summit on America's Climate Choices

Mon Mar 30 – Tue Mar 31
2100 C St. NW, Washington, DC

The Summit on America's Climate Choices will be held March 30-31 at the National
Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC. The Summit provides an
opportunity for the America's Climate Choices committee and panel members
to interact with major thought leaders and key constituencies to frame
the study issues. Participants will include leading scientists, engineers,
and public health officials; business leaders; members of Congress;
Administration officials; federal agency representatives; state and
local decision makers; representatives from nongovernmental organizations,
nonprofit groups; and the international community; and other stakeholders.

The Summit will be open to the public but space will be limited.

Public registration will begin in February. A live video webcast of the
event will be available.


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